There are many jobs in California and the United States that require workers to be in a position where there is a risk for falls. For example, construction workers often have to climb ladders and work in precarious situations. There are usually safety measures in place that aim to prevent construction workers’ accidents. Sadly, one roofer recently suffered a fatal fall and left behind a young son.
The 38-year-old worker was a member of a roofing crew and company when he suffered his fatal injuries. While climbing a ladder, he slipped and fell. He suffered serious head injuries and did not survive, despite several days of medical treatment.
Authorities became aware of the accident after being notified by the hospital and then began an investigation. The victim was wearing safety harness gear, but it was not attached to anything because he had not climbed onto the roof before the fall. Sadly, he left behind a young child, but company insurance, workers’ compensation death benefits and monetary gifts from co-workers will help assist the son’s care financially in the wake of his father’s loss.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is understandably difficult to process. In the midst of grief, families often have to process the financial implications of the loved one’s contributing income. Understanding the risk many workers take when completing a job, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits. When a worker tragically loses his or her life on the job, workers’ compensation often provides financial death benefits to qualified dependent family members. A California attorney familiar with the claims process can assist grieving families following construction workers’ accidents with understanding their options for financial assistance.
Source: poststar.com, “State Police release more details in construction death case“, Don Lehman, April 17, 2018